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UW Wind Symphony Final Concert May 7

May 5, 2016

The University of Wyoming Wind Symphony will present its final concert, playfully titled, “. . . a one an’ a two . . .,” Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Tickets cost $7 for the public, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for students and children. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts box office and the Wyoming Union information desk, by calling (307) 766-6666 or going online at

“For those who might first think of bubbles, the Lennon Sisters and a long baton wielded by a certain Dakotan, the moniker indicates that each work in the concert is a ‘first’ or a ‘second,’ including the most important ‘firsts,’ the premieres of two works by UW composition students,” says Bob Belser, Wind Symphony conductor. He is in his 21st year as UW director of bands. “It is actually rare for undergraduate -- budding composers -- to have their creations performed outside of ad hoc class ensembles. But both of these have ‘passed the muster’ of several revisions, and we are proud to present the final results of hours of sweat and agony by our students.”

The two students are Shawna Wolf, in a composition dedicated to her mother, and Michael Van Slyke, a senior, who plans a career in film scoring.

The first half of the concert will be popular classics for band; a gentle hymn by Vincent Persichetti, one of the major forces in American 20th century music; and the exotic “Danse Bacchanale,” from Camille Saint-Saëns’s “Samson and Delilah.”

A true taste of Mexican dance halls will open the second half with Arturo Márquez’s “Danzón No. 2,” and the concert’s finale will be “Symphony No. 2” by Frank Ticheli.

The graduating band seniors will be recognized during the concert.

The Wind Symphony is the premiere concert band among the five UW bands, which include the Western Thunder Marching Band, Cowboy Pep Bands, Symphonic Band and Community Concert Band.

Nearly 500 students have participated in the various UW bands this year, with nearly every major on campus represented by the members.

For more information, contact Belser at (307) 766-3877 or

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